How You Can Help Your Brother or Sister

A Sibling's Guide to Autism

August 27, 2018

Your relationship with your brother or sister is very important. So it makes sense that you will want to spend time together and for you both to feel comfortable and safe when you are playing.

There may be times that your brother or sister does something abruptly or in an unusual way that can cause you to feel frustrated and upset. Ask your parents about activities that you and your brother or sister can do together. It may take a little time and a lot of patience to learn how to play with your brother or sister, but it will be worth it in the end. As you spend time with your sibling, it is likely you will get to know him or her better and you will start to appreciate the differences between the two of you.

Many siblings like you have said that it can be hard to get close to a sibling with autism. Sometimes your sibling’s behaviors may make it seem like he or she is not interested, or you may have difficulty getting his or her attention.

Finding an activity you can do with your brother or sister will allow you to have fun and enjoy being together. See if he or she has a favorite game you might be able to play together. Your brother or sister is still your sibling, so it’s important to have a good relationship. Together as a family, you can figure out ways to make sure everyone is happy!

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